Annapolis Commencement FAQs
The ceremony is traditionally held on the front lawn, where there is plenty of seating for all. The Commencement ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate students will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12.
We do not limit seating for the event if it is held outdoors.
In the case of rain, the ceremony will be in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, with limited overflow seating in the Francis Scott Key Lobby and the Conversation Room in Mellon Hall. Admission to the auditorium and to overflow seating will be by ticket only.
The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
We do not require a formal response for any Commencement activities.
Beginning in late March, all students who are preparing to graduate can receive six Commencement invitations from the Office of the Registrar. If needed, a limited amount of additional invitations may be obtained for $1 each.
Families and friends of graduating seniors are invited to Class Day Exercises; a reception follows on the Library Plaza. That evening, the Commencement Waltz crowns the spring social season. Families and friends of all graduates are also welcome at the Commencement ceremony; a reception follows on the front lawn.
Please call the Assistant Dean’s Office at 410-626-2512 to make special arrangements.
Commencement exercises are held outside on the front lawn. Business casual is suitable attire, along with comfortable shoes for walking across campus and on grass. Because of the intensity of the sun, we suggest that you wear sunscreen and/or sun protection. Water stations will be provided. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
A reception on the front lawn will follow the Commencement ceremony. If you are planning to go out for lunch after the ceremony and reception, we recommend making a 1:30 p.m. reservation.
Campus parking is limited. Handicapped parking is available in most campus lots, and our Public Safety officers set up additional handicapped parking spaces in the Chase Stone parking lot. You can reserve a handicapped parking space by calling the Assistant Dean’s Office at 410-626-2512.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, and throughout the weekend, parents and guests may park in all available campus lots, on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available at the state garage on the corner of St. John’s and Calvert streets on weekends and from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weekdays. The entrance to the garage is on St. John’s Street. There is also parking for a fee at the Navy/Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, just off Route 50, where a free downtown shuttle runs every 15-20 minutes.
The bookstore will be open on Saturday but closed on Sunday.